PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks knew little about Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu before an introductory meeting Saturday, with manager Kirk Gibson calling the game a feeling-out process.
The D-backs felt a little too much of Ryu in the Dodgers 7-5 victory at Chase Field. He held them to three runs in six innings, struck out a career-high nine while commanding four pitches and even had his first three major league hits.
The Dodgers spent 36 million on a six-year contact to lure Ryu away from the Korean professional league over the winter, and it already looks like a bargain. The loss of Zack Greinke for a couple of months suddenly looks a lot easier to bear.
What I've liked about Hyun-Jin, it's almost like he knows he can pitch, and there's a confidence there that you like. That always gets you over a lot of hurdles, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
Im sure he has still lots of things to deal with as far as the culture and the language and a lot of things. But the pitching part...